Home Remedies for Muscle Relaxants

Updated April 17, 2017

Stressed muscles are one of the most important causes of general anxiety and strain on the body. Relaxing these taut muscles and reducing tension can go a long way in enhancing your general condition of health. While there are drugs which help you to bring this about, there are also a few natural home remedies which are known to work as effective muscle relaxants.

Horse Radish

This herb is known to be very useful in aiding to relieve muscular stress. Mix the extract of the root of the horse radish, the plant's most beneficial part, in cooking or apply a few drops of horse radish oil into a warm bath, to get relief from muscular aches and soreness due to cold or rheumatism or tiredness.


Popular as one of the most well-known essential oils, the lavender flower oil is thought to be a great aid in offering muscle relaxation and relief from depression. Lavender oil extract should be massaged on to your temples and forehead for a few minutes in case of muscle stress. You should then try to relax. This rubbing motion will soothe your muscles and offer relief from the tensed muscles that had been the irritants. When this massage takes place along with a warm bath, your muscles get a great chance to relax and the body and mind get soothed almost immediately with elimination of tension and anxiety. In case extract of the lavender is not available, you could also try burning incense sticks with lavender scents for more or less the same effects on stressed muscles.

Other Herbal Remedies

Add a few drops of ginger oil to your bath and soak in it. This is known to enhance circulation of blood in the body, ease tensed muscles and provide healing for arthritis. A cup of tepid ginseng tea taken daily in the morning will help in eliminating stress accumulated the day and night before, and rejuvenate you for the day ahead. The herb valerian is also known to provide relief from pain due to stressed muscles and is important for bringing down inflammation and helping you sleep. Used along with other herbs, chamomile can also function as an effective muscle relaxant. While kava root, white willow and horse tail are all known to provide relief from muscular aches and pains, the herb of cramp bark and a massage with lobelia extract has anti-spasmotic effects on the affected area and liquorice works almost like steroids with anti-inflammatory action. You could also effectively apply cayenne pepper on the outer surface as a poultice for relief from localised soreness. Devil's Claw is another herb known for similar properties. You could use any one or a combination of these herbs as aromatherapy to bring about muscle relaxation as well.

General Measures

For stressed muscles, you could soak your feet in a hot water tub infused with peppermint oil, or soak your entire body in warm water for 20 minutes. This will provide relief for the stress in your feet, legs and other parts, and is especially beneficial for menstrual cramps. Adding Epsom salt to the bath water is known to benefit in the same way. Get plenty of rest and allow enough time for your muscles to be rejuvenated from any strain.

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Rajrupa Ghosh has been writing since 2002. With two master's in literature and journalism (Jadavpur University and Indian Institute of Mass Communication) she has been published in "The Telegraph" and "The Statesman," designed e-learning courses at Tata Interactive Systems and developed marketing collaterals for Tata Consultancy Services and Hewlett Packard.